Pauline W. Olson

Pauline W. Olson, 86, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 580 Wolfel Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.

She was born July 20, 1926 in Altoona, PA, daughter of the late Albert A. and Trescenna Laino Weidmann.  She had resided in St. Marys since 1954.  She was a graduate of Altoona High School, Class of 1944, and a graduate of Mt. Aloysius College.  She received her MT Degree from Montifiore Hospital School of Medical Technology and attended post graduate school in radiology.  She had worked for Dr. Harvey Thorpe, an ophthalmologist in Pittsburgh.

On October 23, 1954, in Altoona, she married William E. Olson, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1978.

She is survived by a son, William J. Olson and his wife Jane of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Andy Olson of St. Marys and Dr. Justine Olson Pyter and her husband Billy Pyter of Chicago.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Leighty; and a brother, Monsignor Joseph L. Weidmann.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Olson was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, had served on the St. Marys Borough Council for eight years, six of those years as President.  She was formerly the Executive Director of the St. Marys Area United Way and a former member of the Board of the American Red Cross.  She was a charter member of the Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scout Council, a longtime Girl Scout leader, and in 1996, was honored as one of the Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scout Council’s Women of Honor.  She was a former board member of the St. Marys Ambulance Association, the Elk County Council on the Arts, the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce, St. Marys Recreation Board, and a former member of the New Marienstadt Corporation.  She was a charter member of the Bells of St. Marys and was still serving on the board of Oak Manor until the time of her death.  She had volunteered for Meals on Wheels, at the St. Mary’s Parochial School and the Elk County Catholic School Cafeterias, and was a former member of the Hospital Auxiliary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, Pastor, and Rev. Paul Robine as con-celebrants.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 5:00 till 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 114 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the St. Marys Area United Way, 44 South St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Joe, Dani & Matt Wickett June 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Our deepesty sympathies in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Pauline was so great to our son Matthew. He played a song “Last Request” for her at the end of each of his friday evening radio shows, until the show ended in January of 2013. She was always so kind to him, sending him cards in the mail and candy at Christmas. We will always remember her and her kindness to our son. We were truly blessed to have known her. We will keep your family in our prayers.
The Wicketts

Susie Smith June 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

I knew Pauline when I worked at Silver Creek. She came to my wedding in 2002. I sent an ATA bus for some of the residents to come to my wedding. She had a picture of us at the time. Now she can walk tall with the Lord.

Bobby and Megan Riehl June 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

To the Olson and Olson Pyter Family: We send our love and condolences during this time of grieving! May your loved one rest in peace.
Bobby and Megan Riehl

Rocco and Beth Petrilli June 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

Bill, Jane and family,

Your mother was a matriarch for the city of St. Marys. All who live(d) there benefit from her hard work and dedication to the community and its people.

You are in our prayers.

Tom Mohney June 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Those we love are always with us in the gifts that they have shared. Their laughter, friendship and caring are treasures that will help console us. We met Pauline over 40 years ago in our circle of square dance friends. Her blessings will be felt by many for years to come.

With sympathy,
Tom & Elmer Mohney

Pat Gahr June 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. She was a remarkable women. She was great for the community. How many women are going to volunteer so much for Girl Scouts that do not have a daughter? I will keep you in my prayers.

Amy Popielski June 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm


Your Mom was an amazing lady who beamed whenever I would bring her communion and comment on all the family photos. She was a great person who shared a commitment to making the community a better place.

My sincere sympathy,

Amy Popielski

John Salter June 26, 2013 at 7:18 am

I consider myself to be very fortunate to have known Pauline. She was truly an amazing woman. Our community is a better place because of Pauline Olson. Great friend and neighbor.

I remember visiting her with my children several times, bringing flowers and hoping to brighten her day a little. Turns out, she was the one who brightened our day. After we presented the flowers, Pauline would proceed to show us pictures of our children that she would clip from the newspaper.

Will be truly, truly missed.

Jill and I pass along our deepest sympathy.

Pete Largey June 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

I admired your mother because I always found her so upbeat and positive. I remember taking my kids Halloweening to her house, and visits with her at Silver Creek Terrace and Pinecrest and we traded greeting cards on several occasions. Even as she struggled, her spirit was admirable. May she rest in the joy of heaven.

Clythera S. Hornung July 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Pauline Olson was a wonderful role model. She was a brilliant leader in her quiet and diplomatic way. She certainly has made many wonderful contributions to our community. She continued to demonstrate “just how to do things right” as she lived the final chapters of her life. . . showing us all how to live with the decline of years! Her acceptance and persistance was a joy to behold. She demonstrated in every way – that life is valuable at all times. Bless her and her commitment!

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